Is Your Boat Floating?

This Sabbath we study Parsha Noach/Noah. We have all heard the story of Noah. You know, the one where God told him to build a big boat and gather the animals in pairs and to get inside the ark because He is going to destroy the world with a flood! Then Noah and his family spent their next few months in the ark with the animals. Noah sent out a raven and a dove and the dove came back with an olive branch, remember that? I still do! I remember when I was young; having a big Bible with illustrations in it and my parents would read to me. Halfway through I fell asleep and woke up only the next morning. Sadly many people (even believers) treat the Bible as just that………a story. It was only later in my life that I realised that this was not just any ordinary Book filled with cute stories to read to yawning children, but this was the Word of God and that every Word of it was true and had impact upon one’s life. It is not just a story, it is historical fact and in recent archaeological digs there have been fascinating discoveries! One plain and obvious example is the rainbow. God said: “I am putting my rainbow in the cloud- it will be there as a sign of the covenant between myself and the earth.

14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth, and the rainbow is seen in the cloud;

15 I will remember my covenant which is between myself and you and every living creature of any kind; and the water will never again become a flood to destroy all living beings.16 The rainbow will be in the cloud; so that when I look at it, I will remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of any kind on the earth.”17 God said to Noach, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between myself and every living creature on the earth.”(Gen 9:13-17 CJB)

We still see the rainbow today! Think back, when was the last time YOU saw a rainbow in the sky?The ‘story’ of Noah as we have been taught as a child in Sunday school isn’t necessarily the right ‘version’ or even Scriptural. We tend to leave out the detail ( maybe because we didn’t understand it ourselves?) of what Scripture says. Well you may be asking: “How can the story of Noah possibly relate to the time we are living in?” Well let’s look at what Yahushua said:

Mat 24:35  “The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My words shall by no means pass away.
Mat 24:36  “But concerning that day and the hour no one knows, not even the messengers of the heavens, but My Father only. Mat 24:37  “And as the days of Noaḥ, so also shall the coming of the Son of Aḏam be.

Mat 24:38  “For as they were in the days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noaḥ entered into the ark, 

Mat 24:39  and they did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also shall the coming of the Son of Aḏam be.

Mat 24:40  “Then two shall be in the field, the one is taken and the one is left.

Mat 24:41  “Two shall be grinding at the mill, one is taken and one is left.

Mat 24:42  “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Master is coming.

Mat 24:43  “And know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.

Mat 24:44  “Because of this, be ready too, for the Son of Aḏam is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.

Yahushua says that His coming will be as the days of Noah. This is still in the future for He has not yet come again. So this is why we need to understand the ‘days of Noah’. So what exactly does this mean? Well lets go back to the beginning and find out, from Scripture, what the days of Noah was like.

Gen 6:4  The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of Elohim came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, the men of name.

Gen 6:5  And יהוה saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Gen 6:6  And יהוה was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

Gen 6:7  And יהוה said, “I am going to wipe off man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping creature and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”…………..

Gen 6:11  And the earth was corrupt before Elohim, and the earth was filled with violence.

 Gen 6:12  And Elohim looked upon the earth and saw that it was corrupt – for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth –

Gen 6:13  and Elohim said to Noaḥ, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them. And see, I am going to destroy them from the earth.

We see that the days that Noah lived in was filled with violence, wickedness and it was corrupted beyond repair. Men had no regard for God or to establish righteousness on the earth. Instead they followed every evil inclination in their heart to the point that every thought they had was only evil continually. Yahuahua gives us another piece to the puzzle of Noah’s days when He says:

Mat 24:38  “For as they were in the days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noaḥ entered into the ark,

Mat 24:39  and they did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also shall the coming of the Son of Aḏam be.

So we see that men went on with their usual work as if nothing was wrong. Eating and drinking, marrying and giving their daughters in marriage. All the while Noah was building the Ark, they must’ve  thought he had completely lost his marbles! They ridiculed him and made him out to be a fool. That is until the flood came! But then it was too late, there was no amount of prayers they could pray, no amount of good deeds they could do that would get that door open again.

Is this not the times we are also living in? Everywhere we see violence and men acting corruptly. We see the complacency of men, they couldn’t care less about the Bible or about God. They are just concerned about the here and now, making money, building a family and getting a good job. Surely we are living in the days of Noah again. Will your boat float when the flood comes? Who is your anchor? Remember the words of Yahushua:

Luk 17:33  “Whoever seeks to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall preserve it.

 

 

 

 

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